Report Shows Motorcycle Thefts Declining, But Trend Is Leveling Off

Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki are Top Stolen Brands

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a report last week on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2013. A total of 45,367 motorcycles were reported being stolen in 2013, compared with 46,601 reported stolen in 2012—a decrease of 1.5 percent.

Since 2008, annual motorcycle thefts have seen significant decreases, but that trend appears to be leveling off. The following graph shows the trend using 2007 thefts as the baseline number:

The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2013.

The following graph shows the top five manufacturers in 2012 and 2013 whose motorcycles were reported stolen. Their ranking remained the same:

Motorcycles are generally a seasonal mode of transportation making them most susceptible to thefts during mild times of the year. Most thefts occurred during the summer months and the fewest during the winter. July had the highest number of reported thefts in 2013 with 5,360. August was next with 5,288 followed by September with 4,793. The fewest thefts were reported in February with 2,124 followed by December with 2,546 and March with 2,674.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau